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By Amber Wilson 24 April 2017 News & events No Comments »

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Not really a suggestion, more just some feedback.

I’d like to thank the library staff who recently went above and beyond to hunt down a book for me that was hidden away upstairs somewhere.

Initially in the morning, the people at the service desk were fairly unhelpful, and said they couldn’t access the book, and didn’t know who to contact to get the book.

When I got even more depserate for the book (it contains some random and hard to find Petroleum Engineering proofs) in the evening, I went back to the library. The two gents at the service desk were amazingly helpful, and went out of their way to find the book for me in a few minutes.

Thank you to these legends!

The Library responds…

Thank you Rory.

I am concerned your experience in the morning was not all it should be and will look into that. However, I am delighted that we were able to help later in the day and you eventually found the information you need. I will pass your thanks to those people.

Lynne Vautier
Associate Director
Curtin University Library

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Suggestion: Hot Water

By Amber Wilson 21 April 2017 News & events 1 Comment »

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Would we please be able to have a kettle or similar to access hot water in the library?

The Library responds…

Thank you for your suggestion Emma. In response to student requests a Zip Tap dispensing hot water has been installed in the Lounge on level two of the Robertson Library on the Bentley campus. If you are on another campus please let us know as there are different arrangements in place in other Libraries.

Lynne Vautier
Associate Director
Curtin University Library

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ANZAC Day Opening Hours

By Curtin Library 20 April 2017 News & events No Comments »

Please note that Library opening hours will change due to ANZAC Day on Tuesday 25 April 2017.

Robertson Library

The Robertson Library will close at midnight on Monday 24 April and re-open 12pm Tuesday 25 April. Enquiries Desk will operate on reduced hours from 12pm to 8pm on Tuesday 25 April.

WA School of Mines Kalgoorlie Library

Monday 24 April Closes at 2.00am
Tuesday 25 April Open 6.00am – 2.00am (swipe access only)
Wednesday 26 April Swipe access from 6am, full service recommences at 8am.
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Suggestion: Level 6 Male Toilets

By Amber Wilson 20 April 2017 News & events No Comments »

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Can you please assign someone to clean the male toilet in level 6 silent room. Its exuding a very offensive smell. Thank you.

The Library responds…

Thank you for the urgent suggestion. We have requested the cleaners take care of this as a priority.

Lynne Vautier
Associate Director
Curtin University Library

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Suggestion: Noise on Level 5

By Amber Wilson 13 April 2017 News & events No Comments »

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

I know its a Thursday arvo but can you please monitor the group rooms on lvl 5. People in one room are too loud. This floor has quiet area signs.

The Library responds…

Thank you for the feedback.  I have asked Library Staff to monitor this.  You can also report problems like this to as this email address is monitored all the time the Library is providing full service and issues will be attended to as soon as possible once they are drawn to our attention.

Barbara Parnaby
Curtin University Library

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Communications tower maintenance

By Curtin Library 13 April 2017 News & events No Comments »

Over the Easter break maintenance will be conducted on the communications tower on top of Robertson Library. Works will start on Friday 14 April when the Library is closed, and will continue until Monday 17 April.

During this time, there will be no access to the Library via the south entrance*. Please enter via the east entrance instead.

Easter works - map

Thank you for your understanding while these important works are completed.


*Please note that the Library is closed over Good Friday (Friday 14 April), Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday, reopening on Easter Monday (Monday 17 April) at 9am.

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An integrated approach to study skills: The Learning Centre joins the Library

By Curtin Library 13 April 2017 News & events No Comments »

For much of its 15 year existence, The Learning Centre has functioned as a student learning support area working with several University areas, but has lacked a central focus and critical mass. However, in 2017 The Learning Centre found a new home in Curtin University Library. The complementary resources and skills of each area have opened up new opportunities for student learning support.

The shared goal of the Library and The Learning Centre is to improve support for students, regardless of location or study mode. With The Learning Centre and Library working together, we can:

  • better coordinate support offered directly to Curtin University’s faculties – especially for research students,
  • cross-promote our skills development resources and activities, and
  • develop and refine online learning resources such as interactive programs, tutorials and library guides.

The Learning Centre and Library working together will influence both areas going forward. Our future focuses will include:

  • Enabling a seamless approach to services, strong with a learner-centred skills development focus.
  • Re-clustering the suite of online learning resources offered, providing a broad spectrum of interrelated skills development.
  • Considering new activities to improve our support and help students succeed.
  • Embracing the Curtin Library Makerspace ethos by inviting imagination, creativity and risk taking.

By drawing on the unique skills of both the Library and The Learning Centre informed by best practice, we can combine this to put an absolute focus on the needs of Curtin’s students.

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The Library – destination of choice on campus

By Curtin Library 13 April 2017 News & events No Comments »

Library entranceThere were over 2 million in-person visits to Robertson Library during 2016 (2,056,486), representing an increase on the visits in 2015 (just over 1.9 million) and demonstrating the ongoing popularity of the Library as a destination.

The installation of the thermal, bi-directional people counting system in December 2015 allows more accurate monitoring of the number of people entering and exiting the building. With the system sending updates every 15 minutes, we can estimate the occupancy over different times of the day.

Library use graph

On our busiest days in 2016 we had more than 2,000 people in the building. Robertson Library’s busiest times on weekdays are between 10am and 2pm.

The Library’s Western Australian School of Mines Kalgoorlie site experienced over 41,000 visits in 2016. Perth’s Curtin Graduate School of Business Library had over 8,000 visits in 2016.

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Developing Online Copyright Training

By Curtin Library 13 April 2017 News & events No Comments »

Navigating Australian Copyright legislation compliance often generates uncertainty and confusion; particularly in a digital environment. Curtin University Library has developed a series of short online training modules to assist staff in understanding their entitlements and obligations in relation to copyright.

The six modules cover:

  • Copyright Basics  –  an introduction to copyright and what constitutes copyright infringement;
  • Attribution and Moral Rights – the importance of attributing third party content in teaching material;
  • Fair Dealing – under what circumstances the fair dealing exception can be relied upon;
  • Statutory Licences Part I – applying Statutory Licence Part VB for Text and Graphic works for educational purposes;
  • Statutory Licences Part II – applying Statutory Licence Part VA for TV and Radio Broadcasts and Collective Music Licences for educational purposes; and
  • Curtin University’s Copyright Compliance Systems – the importance of organising unit readings through the Library’s Reading Lists service to ensure teaching units are copyright compliant.

Screenshot from online training

The online copyright training is succinct and packaged in digestible, distinct modules. The modules focus on the most important copyright principles for University staff, building a general awareness of copyright legislation and possible issues.

Further modules, including Copyright for HDR Students, Using Open Access content (Creative Commons, Open Educational Resources and MOOCs) and Copyright for Video, Images and Web Content, are planned for development later in 2017.

The training will be packaged as part of a series developed across the University and targeted at Curtin academic staff for professional learning.

For more information about the copyright training modules, please contact

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An Intelligent Career and more: academics donate their books to the Library

By Curtin Library 13 April 2017 News & events No Comments »
Subas Dhakal

Dr Subas Dhakal

Curtin University Library was recently delighted to receive donations of three books written by our talented academic staff.

Dr Subas Dhakal from Curtin University’s School of Management recently donated a signed copy of his book Friends of Brixton Street Wetlands to the Library. The book is the result of many years of work and has many lovely photographs taken by Dr Dhakai.

Dr Narrelle Morris from Curtin Law School donated a copy of her book Australia’s War Crime Trials, 1945-51 to the Library. This unique, prize winning volume provides a detailed analysis of Australia’s 300 war crimes trials conducted in the immediate aftermath of World War II.

Narrelle Morris

Lynne Vautier, Dr Narrelle Morris and Jaya Ralph

Associate Professor Julia Richardson from Curtin Business School donated a copy of her book An Intelligent Career: Taking Responsibility for Your Work and Your Life to the Library. The book draws on examples and insights from around the globe and explains how to audit your situation; determine future action; combine assets such as your commitment, experience and relationships; and earn greater career success on your own terms. It provides practical and inspiring guidance on how to take charge of your career. Professor Richardson also delivered a well attended workshop to University staff. Professor Richardson’s book An Intelligent Career can be read online through the Library.

Julia Richardson

Associate Professor Julia Richardson

Thanks to Dr Dhakal, Dr Morris and Associate Professor Richardson for their kind and valued donations to the Library collection.

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